Spending close to four hours at the parish March 12, Pope Francis answered questions from the children, met with the older and sick members of the parish, spent time with parents whose babies have been baptized in the past year and with the Canossian Sisters, whose founder is honored as the parish’s patron saint.
The Stations of the Cross make that once-for-all event a reality we might touch here and now in these 14 particular stops along the way.
Fasting in Lent, along with prayer and almsgiving, is a way of “deepening our spiritual life,” Pope Francis says in his 2017 Lenten message.
By Jim, Sandy and Rose Wenner Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Richmond; owners of Wenner Funeral Home Faced with death, how shall we proceed? We all will die. We all will face death, be it our own mortality, the death of a parent, death of a spouse, death of a child or death of someone […]
By Scott Athey St. Cloud seminarian, studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Jesus, I watch as your bruised and bleeding body collapses beneath the cross. You have so recently called me “friend.” Yet, I simply watch and come not to your aid. I listen to the guards as they mock and curse. […]
By Roxann Storms Pastoral assistant, Holy Spirit Parish, St. Cloud; and Franciscan Sister Maureen Kelly, Little Falls “My son. My beloved child!” What anguished cries were wrenched from Mary’s sorrowful heart, a heart Simeon foretold would be “pierced by a sword,” as she beheld her precious son on his walk to Calvary? Her own cross […]
By Bailey Walter Director of human resources, Diocese of St. Cloud When I set out to write this reflection with the title in mind, I wanted to write a reflection on friendship. How easy would that be? I have experiences of amazing friends who have offered me support and hospitality. The image of Simon carrying […]
By Sarah Heidelberger St. Bartholomew Parish, Villard My Jesus, here you are, hardly on the road to Calvary and already you are barely recognizable. Simon of Cyrene has been pressed into service to assist you in carrying the heavy cross on the narrow path while those around you push and jeer. Where are all of […]
By Crosier Father Ernie Martello Onamia Priory Jesus, you are like us in all things but sin. You are weak like us in your human nature. You have endured a lot already since the agony in the garden. Taken in hand, by the Temple guards, you are badly treated from the first moment of your […]
By Ann Anosike Franciscan Community Volunteers, St. Cloud Jesus falls a third time despite having Simon help him carry the cross. In this experience, we witness how far God is willing to go to enmesh himself in the human condition. After falling two times before, he falls a third time from utter weakness and emptiness. […]
By Deacon Steve Yanish St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sartell As we arrive at the place of execution, I am shocked and ashamed as the soldiers so roughly rip the clothes off your scourged and welted back. I turn away. I cannot bear to watch, but I am also forced to look and see you stripped […]
By Anita Fischer Chaplain, St. Cloud Hospital We hang crucifixes over doors in our homes, front and center in churches, around necks and fingers and even from rear-view mirrors in cars. The crucifix is a powerful symbol that reminds us of surrender and sacrifice, love and triumph, even fear and hate. The chaos that surrounds […]